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D.C. CHINATOWN RESTORATION

Every neighborhood undergoes transformations throughout its history. The use of an area and its population may change rapidly, while its buildings and structures remain relatively constant. A growing disparity between old buildings and new presents architectural challenges in preserving the buildings and revitalizing historic districts.

In addition to providing modern amenities, architects must meet current building and life-safety codes. This can be difficult if one goal is to preserve the neighborhood's unique historic character.

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UNDERSTANDING FIGURE IN WOOD

The term grain is often used erroneously to refer to the distinctive surface appearance of wood, especially that resulting from growth-ring structure. To avoid continued confusion with that already overworked word, we prefer the term figure to refer to distinctive or characteristic markings on longitudinal or side-grain surfaces of wood.

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